Our Values & Virtues

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Indy Hall exists to make Philadelphia (and ultimately the world) a better place to earn a living doing work that we’re proud of.

We believe that work is done best when we work together, and so everything we do is designed to help form meaningful, lasting relationships.

Our Core Values

We subscribe to the 5 core values shared by the global Coworking movement.

Read more about how we live and work using these core values to make Indy Hall the community that people love.


Our Virtues, (with a quick vocab lesson from our friends the ancient Greeks)

Eudaimonia

The Greeks had a word — eudaimonia — which translates to “the good life” which they described like this:

“…rich with relationships, ideas, emotion, health and vigor, recognition and contribution, passion and fulfillment, and great accomplishment and enduring achievement.”

The Greeks had another word — Arête — which translates into “virtues”.

Virtues are patterns in how we behave — habits, choices, interactions, etc — that we practice to embrace eudaimonia. Meaning, stating virtues doesn’t automatically result in “the good life.”

Basically:

  • Eudaimonia is a state of being, not a destination.
  • It takes active, constant, intentional actions to tap in and to stay engaged.
  • “The good life” is a byproduct of practicing ArĂŞte every day.

So how do we actually do what we do?

Here are some goals and guidelines that inform our virtues:

  • To help unlikely groups of like-minded people form relationships.
  • To focus on people and their interactions, and the formation of relationships.
  • To help people tell the stories of the experiences they have in Philadelphia.
  • To trust people to do the right thing.
  • To guide people to being good citizens of Indy Hall and of Philadelphia.
  • To keep people at the center of every action, interaction, and decision.
  • To welcome new community members and make it clear that Indy Hall is theirs, not just ours.
  • To always look for a way to say “yes”.
  • To teach others in our immediate and neighboring communities how we operate.
  • And to support people in their goals of building businesses to last, in Philadelphia and for Philadelphia.

Positive vibes aren’t quite enough so we also have a list of things we never do:

  • We never…do anything against our community’s interest.
  • We never…focus on desks or square footage.
  • We never…create something only because we think we’re supposed to.
  • We never…accept the status quo.
  • We never…accept a “no” at face value.
  • We never…compromise our core values.
  • We never…prioritize a transaction before a relationship.

If you’re running a business, from a solo business to a startup to a Fortune 500, you can practice Arête with us.

If you’re developing a community, from a family to a city, you can practice Arête.

If you’re creating, from art to technology, you can practice Arête.

If you’re working, alone or as part of a team, you can practice Arête.

If your goals include doing things that are authentic and meaningful, you must practice ArĂŞte. (Might as well do it with us!)

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